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Executive Job Creation on Rise
Filed under: Employment
Posted by: site admin @ 9:52 am

According to ExecuNet, their benchmark Executive Job Creation Index (EJCI) held positive for an eleventh consecutive month in November as executive recruiters reported employers are encouraged by improving economic indicators and plan to create more management jobs over the next six months.

The number of employers expected to add executive jobs during that time topped those planning to eliminate or postpone filling top roles by 21 points, a 12-point gain from October 2010 and a signal that more companies will recruit executive talent to rebuild their management teams and realize their 2011 strategic growth objectives.”

“ExecuNet has seen a 30 percent gain in private executive job postings…and they continue to see high-tech and healthcare companies doing some of the most aggressive executive hiring.”

“In November 2010, 61 percent of executive recruiters were confident or very confidence that the prospects for new management hiring activity will be positive” and continue upward over the next six months. That’s good news for C-suite executives — and those aspiring for opportunities within the top tiers of organizations!

Full link to article: http://bit.ly/f25Y9W

– Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW; President, Absolute Advantage

Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.

Credit: Career Management Alliance E-Bridge, Kathy Bitschenauer

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Have You Googled Yourself Lately?
Filed under: Job Search
Posted by: site admin @ 7:09 am

Even though “googling” oneself (using Google as a verb) is passe and being so-called blacklisted with other expressions from 2010 that are being eliminated from the lexicon (along with just sayin’ … my bad … bring it … starting every sentence with “So” … just do it …), I *do* highly recommend you Google yourself pretty regularly to see what your digital identity is saying - especially to those who might be vetting you as a candidate!

So just do it :)

Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW - President, Absolute Advantage

Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.

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A New Year: A New Job?
Filed under: Job Search, Musings
Posted by: site admin @ 7:24 pm

1-1-11… Anyone remember Three Dog Night’s “One Is the Loneliest Number?”, Harry Nilsson’s song they made famous in 1969? Well, in 2011, the number one certainly will not be lonely. Whether it’s today - January 1 - or on January 11 - or on November 1 or November 11 - “one” will have lots of company! As should you if you’re engaged in an active job search or even thinking of exploring the possibilities as a New Year’s Resolution.

What are the easiest ways not to be alone? Of course, social networking should be your first go-to strategy; ensure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and that you take advantage of the space there to communicate your unique value proposition - use the summary, specialties, and career history. Maximize your outreach, connecting with as many people as possible.

If you’re on Facebook, use this forum for more casual connections with people you know and want to know. Ensure your posts reflect the ‘you’ others would want to refer!

Consider (strongly) tweeting - establish a Twitter account and have something to say! Offer information, volunteer contacts, and feel free to ask others about connections they may have.

Explore job-leads clubs and other in-person networking activities in your professional industry and in your neighborhood and surrounding communities. Be active, be visible, be known.

Take advantage of the turn in the calendar to rejuvenate a sluggish search or start a new job search: Put in place an aggressive plan to make things happen!

Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW - President, Absolute Advantage

Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.

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